Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I returned for this second session at the student's household and found that he had revised and rewritten a draft of his college essay, as I requested from him at our last meeting. He had followed my previous instructions well, condensing language to make it more concise, rearranging sentences and paragraphs to find the best "flow" to the ideas in his essay, and most of all, tweaking his three closing paragraphs so that the driving points of the prompt were articulated well. After reading this new draft this evening, I instructed him to brainstorm on a "final flourish"-- a strong closing statement to his piece and then let him free-write quietly for a few minutes. He came up with an absolutely stellar idea. While he brainstormed, I skimmed through his essay to note any places where spelling, grammar, and syntax needed to be corrected. I recorded these items on a hard copy of his essay, which I returned to him. To finish the essay, he merely needs to make these few small corrections, as well as add the closing statement (which he has already composed) and rearrange the couple of sentences we designated. The student is fully capable of finishing by himself and I think that he has a strong and beautiful essay that he can feel confident and proud of when sending in to the colleges of his choice."
"During this session, the student finished working on her thesis. We continued our discussion of academic writing."
"We went through the rules and exercises for the student's upcoming test. We worked on editing the essay that she had written the last time. She is beginning to have a better understanding of organizational skills like writing transitions."
"I covered the following concepts during the session: sight and high-frequency word recognition and reading comprehension. The student does recognize a few words but tends to forget them. I had him point to the word after saying it and then spell the word. I would use the words in sentence form to reinforce him to read. His attitude was very positive today, and he has shown tremendous progress. I had him continue to practice his words with his mother. He continues to show improvement."
"I had the student read her word cards and complete a 1-minute drill for high frequency words. She read "A Moving Story" after dividing the sentences into phrases. She read the text with appropriate phrasing and expression. I will give her a more complex text. Had her reread 2 poems for expression practice. We read a new play titled "Nory Ryan's Song" in order to practice all components of fluency. I had her practice looking up words in the dictionary to facilitate more guided word practice."
"I had the student read two nonfiction articles about Labor Day and Mount Rushmore. One article asked his to answer 10 comprehension questions and the other asked him to complete comprehension sentences with a word bank. He did great, and only had to look back at the articles twice to find the answer. He remembered most of the information from the reading. We also did a quick synonym and antonym practice, as well as a very short nonfiction article on the earth's magnetic fields. This article had higher-level questions that he needed a little assistance with; however, overall, he did an excellent job this session."